SELF-ASSESSMENT

So… you’re here because you think God might be calling you to plant a church in South Florida. If so, you’re in the right place. Before you get too far ahead of yourself, you’ll want to take an honest assessment and ask if metropolitan church planting is for you. While no amount of self-assessment is ever sufficient, read on and ask yourself the following twenty questions.*

 
 

1. IS MY PRINCIPAL MOTIVATION FOR CONSIDERING CHURCH PLANTING IN THE CITY THE GLORY OF GOD NOT DISSATISFACTION WITH MY PRESENT SITUATION?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

2. AM I CONVINCED THAT THE CITY IS THE MOST STRATEGIC PLACE TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

3. DO I BELIEVE THE GOSPEL IS THE “POWER OF GOD” NOT ONLY TO CHANGE INDIVIDUALS BUT ALSO TO CONTINUALLY REVITALIZE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

4. IS MY EVANGELISTIC OUTREACH ADEQUATE? IF I HAD STARTED WITH ZERO TWO YEARS AGO, WOULD THE ADDITION OF NEW CHRISTIANS BE ADEQUATE TO PROVIDE A FAIRLY SOLID CHURCH NOW?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

5. HAVE I HAD ENOUGH EXPOSURE TO CHURCH PLANTING IN THE CROSS ROADS OF A CITY THAT I KNOW WHAT THE LIFE OF A FOUNDING PASTOR IS LIKE?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

6. AM I ASSURED OF GOD’S CALL TO CHURCH PLANTING IN A CITY ENVIRONMENT?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

7. DO I HAVE ALL THE TRAINING I NEED TO DO CHURCH PLANTING EFFECTIVELY?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

8. CAN I ARTICULATE QUICKLY WHAT MY GIFTS AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS ARE THAT WOULD MAKE ME EFFECTIVE IN CHURCH PLANTING IN A CITY CONTEXT?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

9. AM I COMFORTABLE WITH PEOPLE OF VARIOUS ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS AND ABLE TO ACCEPT THEM JOYFULLY INTO THE COMMUNITY OF FAITH?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

10. IS MY SPOUSE AND FAMILY WILLING, EVEN ENTHUSIASTIC, ABOUT OUR DOING CHURCH PLANTING IN THE CITY?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

11. DO I HAVE GOSPEL-CONFIDENCE (A REPENTING-IN-JOY SPIRIT) OF BEING EFFECTIVE IN CHURCH PLANTING?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

12. DO I HAVE THE SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES (CONSISTENT PRAYER/BIBLE STUDY, FREE FROM PATTERNS OF BESETTING SIN, GOOD ACCOUNTABILITY RELATIONSHIPS IN THE BODY) NECESSARY FOR BEING A SPIRITUAL LEADER?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

13. DO I DISPLAY SELF-MANAGEMENT DISCIPLINES (GETTING WORK DONE ON TIME, KEEPING COMMITMENTS, CONSISTENCY, HONESTY) THAT WILL ENCOURAGE FOLLOWERS TO TRUST MY LEADERSHIP?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

14. HAVE I DEVELOPED A COMPREHENSIVE VISION (A CLEAR PICTURE OF FOCUS AND STYLE) OF THE KIND OF CHURCH I WANT TO PLANT?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

15. AM I A PEOPLE PERSON (GOOD LISTENER, TEACHABLE, PATIENT AND WARM, SENSITIVE, WINSOME)?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

16. DO PEOPLE TEND TO SIT UP, LISTEN AND COME BACK WHEN I PREACH?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

17. DO INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN MY LIFE TELL ME CHURCH PLANTING IN THE CITY IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

18. HAVE I HAD A POSITIVE TRACK RECORD IN THE CHURCH MINISTRIES I HAVE LED?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

19. DO I HAVE AN ABIDING PASSION FOR CHURCH PLANTING? IS CHURCH PLANTING COMPATIBLE WITH MY PERSONAL CAREER GOALS?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

20. UNDERSTANDING THE GIFTS AND SKILLS OF A CHURCH PLANTER INCLUDE BEING A VISIONARY LEADER, EVANGELIST, AND CHRIST-CENTERED PREACHER, DO I BELIEVE GOD HAS GIVEN ME THESE ENDOWMENTS?

Yes____                        No____                      Not Sure_____

 

RESULTS:

 

If you answered 16 or more with a yes — probably so; click here to take the next step
If you answered 10-15 with a yes — think, pray and talk to others some more before moving in that direction
Less than 10 — possibly not.

 

* Questions courtesy of J. Allen Thompson and the International Church Planting Center (© 2008)